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Elegant Auction raises $40,000 for community park

Some of the cast members from the Golden Chain Theatre’s production “The Great Gatsby,” opening Friday night, were on hand to help host the 33rd Elegant Auction. Cast members, from left, are Chris Heard, Jennifer Janine, Miranada Simonich, Lyric Gianni, Christien Dunkle, Makenzie Hagerman, Melinda Rich and Matrt VanDeWal.
Some of the cast members from the Golden Chain Theatre’s production “The Great Gatsby,” opening Friday night, were on hand to help host the 33rd Elegant Auction. Cast members, from left, are Chris Heard, Jennifer Janine, Miranada Simonich, Lyric Gianni, Christien Dunkle, Makenzie Hagerman, Melinda Rich and Matrt VanDeWal. Sierra Star

The 33rd Annual Elegant Auction benefiting the Oakhurst Community Park raised $40,000 Saturday night.

Held at the Golden Chain Theatre, Oakhurst Community Park Committee Chairman Andrew Pence called the night a ‘roaring’ success.

“The committee really outdid themselves this year with turning the Golden Chain Theater into a swanky speakeasy,” Pence said. “We had gangsters, flapper dresses and feathers everywhere.” The auction is a true labor of love but it is all for not if the community does not come out and support it. Thank you to all of our patrons and big spenders, the park and the committee appreciate you dearly.”

The auction, with a Great Gatsby/Roaring 20s them, featured 150 silent and live auction items donated by businesses and individuals throughout the Mountain Area and beyond.

Some of the larger items that went to the highest bidders during the spirited live auction with some gentle persuasion from auctioneer/humorist Loren Wheeler included:

One week stay in a private home (sleeps 10) with use of mini van in Kona, Hawaii (The Gambril family) - $3,200.

Seven nights at a luxury resort in Cabo San Lucas (Coarsegold Tax Service) - $1,400.

Six-foot carved bear (Ryan Demusey) - $1,400.

End of season fireworks package at Miller’s Landing Resort including patio boat and one night’s lodging (District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler) - $1,300.

Custom flower arrangement every month for a year (The Enchanted Florist) - $850.

Supermarket Sweep (3 minutes and 33 seconds) at Oakhurst Grocery Outlet - $750.

BottleRock Music Festival in Napa with overnight hotel accommodations - $750.

Two-night Tenaya Lodge New Years Eve package for two - $700.

Sacramento Murder Mystery Dinner Train package - $650

Barbeque smoker and lighted gazebo (Shawna Petruskin -Ameriprise Financial - $600

“I was impressed with my first experience attending Oakhurst’s Elegant Auction,” said Oakhurst resident Tony Krizan. “Elegant was the correct word to describe the festivities of the evening with dress and music centered around the Great Gatsby/ Roaring 20s era. The champagne was flowing and the butler-style hors d’oeuvres were available throughout the evening.”

Since day one, the Oakhurst Community Park, in the heart of Oakhurst behind the library, has not received a single cent of county or state funds, with the Elegant Auction serving as the sole funding source for all maintenance, equipment and improvements for the park that is on a long-term minimal lease from Sierra Telephone.

“The park has been alive and well since the beginning due to the generosity of all the donated auction prizes by businesses and individuals in our community,” Pence said. “Moving forward we hope to make some structural and electrical improvements at the park that continues to delight both residents of the Mountain Area and visitors alike.”

Details: oakhurstcommmunitypark.com.

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